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(Daily Caller) A federal court has blocked a Biden administration rule that would regulate braced pistols as short barrel rifles.
The Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) filed a lawsuit against the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in January over a new rule that mandates pistol brace owners register their guns as short barrel rifles or face up to 10 years in jail and a $10,000 fine. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a preliminary injunction pending appeal against the rule Tuesday “as to the Plaintiffs” in the case.
FPC says it is seeking clarification from the court on exactly who the injunction covers. Former George W. Bush appointee Judge Catharina Haynes and former President Donald Trump appointees Judge Kurt Engelhardt and Judge Andrew Oldham issued the injunction.
The rule redefines “rifle” as any weapon “designed or redesigned, made or remade, and intended to be fired from the shoulder.” To be in compliance with the new rule, owners of braced pistols must either adjust the barrel so it is longer than 16 inches, file a form and pay a $200 tax to make the firearm a SBR, remove the brace, or surrender or destroy the firearm…Federal Court Delivers Setback To Biden ATF’s Far-Reaching Pistol Brace Rule | The Daily Caller